Analysis: The United States No Longer ‘Needs’ Israel

Study concludes the American administration didn’t do everything possible to advance the peace process because Israel has lost much of its significance.

By Yossi Aloni


A new Israeli study into the historical role of the United States in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has concluded that America no longer has “need” of the Jewish state, and that the ongoing “special relationship” between the two allies is a relic of the past maintained today by political dynamics in Congress.

Conducted by Dan Rotem of the Center for Middle East Peace in Washington, the study was presented on Tuesday at Netanya Academic College. In it, Rotem suggested that American involvement in the Middle East in the 20th century was driven by energy-related interests and regional rivalries resulting from the global confrontation of the Cold War.

The study then examined the complex subject of American mediation in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, as well as the internal dynamics of the “special relationship” between Israel and the US.

Rotem concluded that over time, as America became increasingly liberal and ethnically diverse, even as Israel grew more conservative and ethnocentric, Washington came to the determination that it no longer had need of Israel as a kind of military or political “forward position” in the Middle East.

In light of that, it was further concluded that America had not exhausted its ability to advance peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Rotem suggested that Washington do some genuine soul searching regarding its goals in the Israeli-Arab conflict and what it wants to achieve in the region.

Subsequently, the US should examine whether or not it is truly prepared to take the steps necessary to achieve those goals. For instance, the two parties to the conflict have taken on certain obligations in existing agreements, and non-compliance should result in real consequences.

America’s credibility in the Middle East is very much tied to the perception of whether or not it has mediated fairly the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

At the end of the day, if there is a disconnect between what America wants to accomplish and what it is willing to do, then it would be better to return to the drawing table and find an alternative way forward.

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  1. Clea Belcher says:

    Mr. Rotem’s study is indeed academic. His conclusions can be explained mainly by looking at who has political sway in the US. The US has become more liberal and some of those liberals just happen to be of different ethnicity. But as a whole the Washington establishment scratches it’s head when it’s butt itches. Things would be different if Israel were dealing with someone like Mike Huckabee or Ted Cruz. The study ignores the deep bond between the two countries of the same Judaeo-Christian heritage. The US cannot mediate anything successfully until sense, wisdom and heartfelt resolve return to it’s leaders. But right now, the leaders cannot do any soul searching because they do not have a soul.

  2. Michael Hollenbeck says:

    Don’t worry, Israel. – Our current “Pretender-In-Chief” may be a jerk, but the American *People stand with you!

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